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Broncos could end up in a battle over Brock Osweiler

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In the aftermath of a Super Bowl win, backup-turned-starter-turned-backup Brock Osweiler said he wants to stay in Denver. The really question isn’t whether the Broncos want to keep him, but how badly.

On Friday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio, Vic Lombardi of Altitude Sports Network said that the Broncos: (1) don’t want to keep Peyton Manning; and (2) do want to keep Osweiler.

It’s easy to want to keep Osweiler. It’s potentially hard to keep him if/when someone else wants him even more. And with quarterback the only job in all of football where supply doesn’t meet demand, multiple teams could be willing to break the bank on Brock Osweiler.

Although enough wasn’t seen from him in 2015 to permit a conclusion that he will become a short-list franchise quarterback, Osweiler passed the eyeball test, with multiple strong performances including the engineering of a win over the Patriots in prime time despite trailing 21-7 in the fourth quarter. Subsequent great-first-half-bad-second-half struggles could be attributed to subpar coaching adjustments during intermission.

Regardless, for teams who need a quarterback and who aren’t picking in the top 10, Osweiler becomes a potential option. Especially since, coupled with a now-expected Manning retirement, bogarting Brock from the Broncos would leave them with no one at quarterback.

It likely won’t take $20 million per year to get Osweiler. At most, it ultimately will take an offer significantly greater than what the Broncos are willing to pay him. If the Broncos, for example, are budgeting $9 million per year for Osweiler, a $13 million per year offer from another team would definitely get his attention. (Those are just spitball numbers with no inside information. At all. Really. I mean it. I wasn’t winking as I typed it. Seriously.)

So who would pursue him? The Browns are perpetually desperate to find a franchise quarterback. Three other teams could be hoping to replicate the Denver great-defense-good-enough-offense formula: the Jets, Rams, and Texans.

Of those, the Texans are the most intriguing. Surely, owner Bob McNair (who hopes to break the Super Bowl hosting curse) is smoldering over the fact that former head coach Gary Kubiak and former defensive coordinator Wade Phillips won a Super Bowl in their first year with the Broncos, featuring a veteran quarterback the Texans didn’t want in 2012. Even if adding Osweiler to a potent defense anchored by J.J. Watt doesn’t push the Texans to the Super Bowl, it would help prevent Kubiak and Phillips winning a second Lombardi in the house Bob built.

“But Osweiler doesn’t really fit Bill O’Brien’s system!” some will say, with or without the exclamation point. McNair wouldn’t be bothered by that; good coaches adjust their systems to match the talents of their players. Kubiak, who couldn’t get it done in Houston, got it done in Denver with Osweiler. So McNair may conclude O’Brien should be able to do the same thing.

At this point, no one knows how it will play out. Within the next two weeks, the pieces will begin falling together in Indianapolis, when all teams and agents convene for a direct look at incoming players and widespread tampering regarding veterans due to hit the market in early March. Then, on March 7, Osweiler and the Broncos can officially find out what the price will be to keep Brock around.

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  1. bencoates57 says: Feb 14, 2016 10:53 AM

    Did you read the NY Daily News account of Manning’s assault and cover up? Holy! It will make you think twice about dismissing the HGH accusation out of hand.

  2. patsxsaintsfan says: Feb 14, 2016 11:01 AM

    Id rather have osweiller than Bradford. While osweiller never amazed me with the team they have around him he doesn’t need to be and he’ll have time to get better considering he has only started 6 games or so. I wouldn’t be suprised to see the Rams make a big push for him. As long as the money is close I’d stay in Denver if I’m him.

  3. jpak12 says: Feb 14, 2016 11:01 AM

    As much as I dislike the Broncos, Osweiler should stay with the Broncos if he is smart, where else is he going to go that has WRs like Sanders and Thomas, a solid run game a QB friendly coach/offense and ofcourse an elite D that can win games on its own. May get more money elsewhere short term but situation won’t be as good, if he starts losing that won’t last.

  4. getakluwe says: Feb 14, 2016 11:02 AM

    Osweiler was key in them getting home-field advantage and showed plenty to deserve being the starter for years to come.

    The SB would have probably been a blowout with him quarterbacking instead of a decrepit, overrated Manning.

  5. tonebones says: Feb 14, 2016 11:02 AM

    Let’s just assume that Osweiler isn’t stupid. He wants what every NFL QB wants. He wants to win a super bowl and make a lot of money. He’s been around Elway and Manning long enough to see what kind of money super bowl winning QBs can make in endorsement deals and business deals. It’s actually much more money than they can make playing QB, even if they’re one of the highest paid QBs. He’s seen the way Elway and his personnel staff make smart decisions, and stock the roster full of quality players. My guess is that Osweiler isn’t even considering leaving Denver. The opportunity for success on and off the field are better for him in Denver, than just about any other place.

  6. raymondtx says: Feb 14, 2016 11:06 AM

    I would be cool w osweiler, considering: 1. we have crap at qb now.
    2. Will have crap left to choose from at pick 22 in draft.
    Get in done Bill, or Rick, or whoever is running this organization.

  7. fartweasel says: Feb 14, 2016 11:08 AM

    Manning will retire and Osweiler will stay in Denver. Non story.

  8. notwithkubiak says: Feb 14, 2016 11:08 AM

    “But Osweiler doesn’t really fit Bill O’Brien’s system!” some will say, with or without the exclamation point. McNair wouldn’t be bothered by that;”

    Last year these same idiots were saying “But Derek Carr can’t be our QB because his brother sucked as our QB, so he’ll be the same!” and obviously Rick Smith & McNair were bothered enough not to draft him..

  9. sackdance says: Feb 14, 2016 11:09 AM

    Like always, the general media and average online mouth wants to surround Denver with as much drama as they can. As a lifetime Broncos fan I can tell you this has been as bad the last 4 years as it has ever been. Be one of the best teams in football and the trolls will come from ever direction. Denver is in a great position. We’ve got a great team, top to bottom, great coaches, an amazing front office, and the best fan base out there. Let the hate come. This team will be contending for titles for a long time.

  10. coltzfan166 says: Feb 14, 2016 11:10 AM

    We just haven’t seen enough of him to say he’s worth elite starter money. Especially since he was benched for Manning late in the season. With Manning’s success despite his age and decline, I think a lot of QBs could be successful in Denver as long as the defense remains elite.

    If he wants any more than $10 mil/year, let him go and start over with Goff, Lynch, Wentz. Even if it means trading up in the 1st round.

  11. xavier179 says: Feb 14, 2016 11:12 AM

    Brockweiler at this point is a bit over-rated. Let see how he is doing midway through next season.

  12. billsboy88 says: Feb 14, 2016 11:12 AM

    You hear that, Rex? Good coaches adjust their system to meet the skills of their players. You think it’s fine to keep hammering those square pegs into round holes

  13. bimbotheslob says: Feb 14, 2016 11:13 AM

    Money talks. He’ll go to the team that opens the vault for him.

  14. bonniebengal says: Feb 14, 2016 11:22 AM

    Even for the teams that are picking in the top 10, this is not a great year for QBs in the draft. Osweiler is going to get paid.

  15. bonniebengal says: Feb 14, 2016 11:23 AM

    And I’m sure he’ll remember being sent to the bench during the playoffs, and watching his replacement win the Super Bowl.

  16. youknowiknowitall says: Feb 14, 2016 11:23 AM

    Only if DEN tries to go real cheap with him will the door be open for Brock to walk. Nobody else will go beyond reason to offer more than what DEN should be willing to offer.

  17. smokehouse56 says: Feb 14, 2016 11:24 AM

    sackdance, you sure do not know much about foot & mouth disease. Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt.

  18. intrafinesse says: Feb 14, 2016 11:25 AM

    On teh one hand – Osweiller hasn’t made that much, so 9MM vs 13MM, thats a big difference.

    On the other hand, playing in Denver has a lot of advantages, such as a great team behind him, with offensive weapons. Going to Cleveland will put a lot of pressure on him, with fewer weapons.

    Is he likely to get cut by the Browns after 1-2 years? How about playing in Denver?
    Long term, it may be better to play in Denver.

    Another way to look at it is:
    Do you want to be an NFL QB, and can Can you live on 18MM as a downside?

    Lets say you take a 2 year 9MM/year contract from Denver and forgo a bigger contract from Cleveland.
    The upside is you may end up being a Tier 2 QB, capable of playing in the NFL for 10 years. If you fail, you get 18MM, not 26MM.

    If you go to Cleveland , you probably lessen your chances of success, but you make an extra 8MM.

  19. nothingman says: Feb 14, 2016 11:28 AM

    Osweiler is in a terrific position in Denver, can’t imagine him leaving for a place like Cleveland.

  20. u4iadman says: Feb 14, 2016 11:48 AM

    Proofread before publishing the article.

    Ongoing idiocy aside, Os won a Super Bowl ring already and was a key reason Denver made it to the playoffs. Not many if any backups can do that.

    So go get paid.

  21. scubabillaz says: Feb 14, 2016 11:50 AM

    its simple TAG Von re sign him to a monster contract next year
    sign Brock and malik
    let trevathan go because we have depth at his position
    DONE

  22. ace3hundred says: Feb 14, 2016 11:50 AM

    Get paid and go play for an organization like the browns the that chew QBs up and Spit them out?

    Take a little less, play for titles, play in a system that you already know with good wrs , an owner and Gm that have proven they know how and will do the things necasary to win, prolly get a bigger contract in a couple years because your odds of success in denverfar outreach any free agent destination

    Its a pretty easy decision for him

  23. r8dernation says: Feb 14, 2016 11:58 AM

    Brock will have tough sledding on a team without a top 5 defense.

  24. tylawspick6 says: Feb 14, 2016 12:01 PM

    Good thing Goodell helped Denver cheat to block NE from winning another Super Bowl, because Elway’s cap management was atrocious.

    I have never seen so many key free agents leaving a team at once before. It’s like the last thing you’d ever want to do; blow up the team that just cheated to win a SB, only to rebuild for the next 5 years. Good thing they won and cheated, because Elway is a moron.

    They likely cooked their books again like they did back in the mid/late 1990s when Elway volunteered to take deferred payments. They then lied claiming was needed for the new stadium, which was a hilarious lie.

    And now undtectable Chinese HGH was knowingly used across the whole roster, approved by Goodell?

    Why did Manning fly to Florida, and then Charlotte, when Osweiler had his first start? Why did Manning look amazing vs GB the next week?

    Guyer Institute.

    Fire and arrest Goodell.

  25. denverdave3 says: Feb 14, 2016 12:05 PM

    Osweiller is Elway’s pet. Elway has to stick with the kid to show he knew what he was doing when he stupidly took Osweiller in the second round and then stuck him on the bench for four years. Should’ve taken somebody who could have contributed right from the beginning. the palm tree kid is no better than a half dozen free agents.

  26. officialgame says: Feb 14, 2016 12:05 PM

    Osweiller may not leave the Bronco’s but its going to cost them a lot more money then they originally budgeted thought and his agent is going to play this out for all it’s worth. A lot of Broncos aren’t going to be resigned to accommodate an Osweiller deal.

  27. zebra95 says: Feb 14, 2016 12:07 PM

    If he chooses to stay in Denver with a system he’s already familiar with, that’s quite the hot rod he’d be inheriting the keys to!

  28. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Feb 14, 2016 12:07 PM

    Getting benched at the end of the season probably cost Osweiler $10m next season. If he stays in, there’s a very good chance the Broncos still would have won the SB (because exactly what did Manning to do win it).

    So instead of being what he is- a potential high ceiling QB who played well for part of a season, he’s a young, exciting Super Bowl winning QB. The Broncos would have franchised him, or at least given him the transition tag, and no one would have batted an eye.

  29. cinvis says: Feb 14, 2016 12:12 PM

    This is what the Pack avoided by making a decision on Aaron (and Bert) before he became a FA.

  30. odojoe says: Feb 14, 2016 12:14 PM

    Heck, I’d like to see Brock in Philly. He is a better QB than Bradford and would come at a smaller cost.

  31. MostlyRight says: Feb 14, 2016 12:15 PM

    6′-7″, good looking, athletic, money about to be thrown at him, fans and management wanting you at QB over the great P Manning, all those ASU chicks?

    Grandpa was right, life ain’t fair.

  32. tylawspick6 says: Feb 14, 2016 12:15 PM

    When do we learn why Gomer was in Charlotte, leaving team, right before Osweiler’s start vs the Bears?

    Why is it so obvious he was pumping HGH off the Bye week, only to look like Gomer is in his prime out of the woodwork vs GB?

    He looked like a dynamo. Then, the HGH wore off, and he was back to looking like the worst QB in the league again.

    Does Goodell think the NFL customer is stupid?

    The guy just authorized a full blown cheating operation, replete a Broncos classic move as cap cheats.

  33. qbarrel says: Feb 14, 2016 12:19 PM

    No problem. Denver will figure out a way to game the salary cap and keep him. Elway’s been the beneficiary of this type of shadiness in the past, so he’s pretty familiar with the process.

  34. bobleblah says: Feb 14, 2016 12:22 PM

    bogarting Brock

    thats fun to say

  35. mysterytonite says: Feb 14, 2016 12:24 PM

    All about leverage. How do you think Oz feels about getting benched and riding the pine to a championship? Obviously staying in Denver is his best move but they are gonna have to pay after what they did to him. If they offer 15 mill a year and Cleveland or Houston offers 20 a year, why not use the leverage to get as close to that as possible? Worst case he’s franchised and makes a nice chunk next year. He is saying all the right things now but don’t think they are gonna lowball him and expect him to take it as they’ve already slapped him with a dead fish. Hope elway is ready to pucker up those thin bird lips over those horse chompers and star smooching the keister.

  36. orange and blue owns the NFL says: Feb 14, 2016 12:32 PM

    bencoates57 says:
    Feb 14, 2016 10:53 AM
    Did you read the NY Daily News account of Manning’s assault and cover up? Holy! It will make you think twice about dismissing the HGH accusation out of hand.
    =======
    I’m really curious what it is that Patriots fans (well, you trolls anyway) are trying to accomplish by smearing everyone and everything. Is it that if Brady is covered in mud you’re going to make sure everyone else is too? It certainly can’t be for sympathy, because it’s making everyone hate you. I mean, in a way I almost admire the coordination required to relentlessly bombard every post on every blog on the entire internet with some form of complaint about deflategate. Imagine if y’all put that much effort into, I don’t know, running a food bank or something. Instead, it’s wasted on a temper tantrum. And a hypocritical one at that. Because you know if this was Brady or Gronkowski you’d be defending them. Six years prior to Manning’s transgression, sportswriter Lisa Olson was confronted by TE Zeke Mowatt in the locker room, where he waved his genitals at her and asked if that was what she wanted. Old news? So is Manning’s. But here’s how Patriots fans responded:

    “Such behavior is not limited to the players. On Sept. 30, as the now reluctantly famous Olson walked toward the Patriots’ locker room after their 37-13 loss to the New York Jets, the New England fans unleashed a torrent of abuse, chanting ” Lisa sucks!”

    How many of you, or your family members were there, heaping abuse on that victim? But you care so much for Jamie Naughtright, yes? Or how about the poor woman whose genitals were grabbed by Julian Edelman, in a more recent case of sexual assault? Did you write Robert Kraft demanding his termination? No, because it only concerns you when it comes from some other team you want to bash. You couldn’t care less that J.J. Warton was charged with 2 counts of indecent assault or that Randy Moss was charged with domestic violence while a Patriot.

    Only if it’s somebody else, right?

    Hypocrites

  37. ericn42000 says: Feb 14, 2016 12:35 PM

    Browns!!!

  38. damcmp says: Feb 14, 2016 12:37 PM

    House Bob built? if Bud had stayed it would be the house Bud built, but it IS the house the Taxpayers built…… the Bob got PSL payments to help pay for the team. Bob is a Harris County freeloader

  39. tylawspick6 says: Feb 14, 2016 12:39 PM

    Horseteeth is probably hoping the NFL’s audits of the Broncos books are done after he gets fired in 3 years after missing the playoffs too many times.

    Denver Broncheats

  40. u4iadman says: Feb 14, 2016 12:43 PM

    Side note….Brady is a whining cheater.

    Thumbs up agree Brady is a baby

    Thumbs down you like Brady

  41. samsonight1010 says: Feb 14, 2016 12:43 PM

    If the Browns buy Brock, that frees up the second pick to be a true defensive anchor in Joey Bosa. I like that more than using another top pick on a QB who has potential, but is far from a sure thing.

  42. TheWizard says: Feb 14, 2016 12:54 PM

    engineering of a win over the Patriots in prime time despite trailing 21-7 in the fourth quarter

    Not taking anything away from the ostrich, I think he’s looked pretty good, but the muffed punt doomed the Patriots in that game, and ultimately the season as it turns out.

    Harper doesn’t muff that punt and home field in in Foxboro.

    The Broncos could potentially end up with no quarterback. This amuses me.

  43. tylawspick6 says: Feb 14, 2016 12:56 PM

    @Orange and Blue

    Did you just call everyone else hypocrites for pointing out Goodell’s corruption?

    Roger Goebbels has to go into a federal court for a 3rd time, refusing to take the stand, will lie yet again, will have a federal judge tell him he’s a liar yet again, and the Pats will be losing a 1st rd pick for a phony witch hunt so Goodell can mantain parity to get Jax in London asap.

    Meanwhile, your franchise cheated the cap 20 years ago, 3 years in a row, the greatest scandal in NFL history. And, for some odd reason, the media barely reported it kinda like Gomer’s HGH quest here at the end of his career.

    Considering Elway’s reckless and wild spending, which will have your team destroyed for years, your team probably cheated the cap again, not to mention Gomer Manning admitted an undetectable HGH was sent to his house, which carries a 4 game suspension based on Goodell’s own precedent.

    So, you tell us who the hypocrites are.

    Get to a community college while you’re at it.

  44. buckybadger says: Feb 14, 2016 12:58 PM

    Don’t overpay for Brock. This guy didn’t appear to be a starter last year and has issues that are beyond just being a 1st year starter. The audibles and decision making I wouldn’t worry about but his fundamentals in the pocket are awful. His footwork is that of a guy just starting in college and he runs straight back when rushed every time not to mention I think Manning was actually still a faster runner.

    If someone is offering more than $10M let them have him. He isn’t worth it.

  45. buckybadger says: Feb 14, 2016 1:00 PM

    Remember if you are a Bronco fan and want them to sign Brock that you will be losing some defenders if you do that. I would sign everyone on D first as that is a lot harder to keep together.

  46. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Feb 14, 2016 1:01 PM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Feb 14, 2016 12:15 PM
    When do we learn why Gomer was in Charlotte, leaving team, right before Osweiler’s start vs the Bears?

    Why is it so obvious he was pumping HGH off the Bye week, only to look like Gomer is in his prime out of the woodwork vs GB?

    He looked like a dynamo. Then, the HGH wore off, and he was back to looking like the worst QB in the league again.
    ======

    Good lord, you have absolutely no idea how HGH works.

  47. youknowiknowitall says: Feb 14, 2016 1:03 PM

    @orange and blue
    Imagine if y’all put that much effort into, I don’t know, running a food bank or something. Instead, it’s wasted on a temper tantrum. And a hypocritical one at that. Because you know if this was Brady or Gronkowski you’d be defending them.
    ———–
    And now you’re the hypocrite defending DEN. So, practice what you preach.

  48. orange and blue owns the NFL says: Feb 14, 2016 1:06 PM

    @tylawspick6,

    You lost me at Goodell needing parity so he can get Jax in London ASAP.

    I think community college failed you.

  49. tylawspick6 says: Feb 14, 2016 1:12 PM

    @ Luke Dung

    Oh, I know how it works, kiddie. The point is if he’s willing to cheat current HGH testing in 2014 and 2015, what ELSE is he using?

  50. beauregard says: Feb 14, 2016 1:13 PM

    World Champion Denver Broncos!!!!
    Let that soak in trolls.
    World Champion Denver Broncos!!!!
    Suck it cry babies.
    World Champion Denver Broncos!!!!
    I just can’t say it enough.

    GO BRONCOS!!!! (World Champions)

  51. rogerdw66 says: Feb 14, 2016 1:14 PM

    I would be careful quoting Vic Lombardi. While he is essentially right on this, he is not someone with an inside track on all things Bronco. I don’t have an inside track either, but I do have common sense. Yes, the Broncos want Brock and not Peyton, but not at any price. They won’t over pay for him. Ideally, they would like to get him for 10 mil, then sign an experienced free agent to compete for the job. This is a pretty sweet landing spot for a second level QB looking for a championship and knowing he can’t do it by himself.

  52. tylawspick6 says: Feb 14, 2016 1:17 PM

    Yes, orange and blue, the Jaguars didn’t just race to sign up for more games in London, now playing the most/will have played the most of any other NFl team.

    I lost you, because you’re a dumb Millennial who has no idea how the world works.

    1. You can’t put two franchises in Europe, which means expansion is out. Too risky.

    2. Jax needs a new stadium. Jax plays in a craball market. London is better than Jax, from a market investment standpoint. Kahn isn’t stupid.

    3. Parity is Goodell’s ONLY selling point to ease London investors CORRECT FEARS that American football can compete with soccer in Europe.

    4. Pats will likely be in their 6th straight AFC Title game next year.

    5, Goodell needed to show ANYONE but the Pats from the AFC playing in the SB to back his “parity” premise to London investors.

    Got it?

    The CBA should technically have many other owners making WAY MORE MONEY than they are, but if their teams blow, they don’t see that expected ROI.

    Shall I keep going to embarrass you more?

  53. bjwbrown2011 says: Feb 14, 2016 1:23 PM

    “The SB would have probably been a blowout with him quarterbacking instead of a decrepit, overrated Manning.”

    Yeah, but not the blowout that your thinking.

    Brock isn’t the QB right now that wins you games and he likely puts them in a deep hole vs the Panthers.

  54. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Feb 14, 2016 1:27 PM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Feb 14, 2016 1:12 PM
    @ Luke Dung

    Oh, I know how it works, kiddie. The point is if he’s willing to cheat current HGH testing in 2014 and 2015, what ELSE is he using?
    ====

    “he was pumping HGH off the Bye week”

    In what universe does that statement mean you think he’s using something ELSE?

  55. awdlmd says: Feb 14, 2016 1:30 PM

    What is forgotten is that the Broncos have exclusive negotiating rights until free agency starts. To avoid a bidding war they just need to make a reasonable offer and say it’s only on the table until free agency starts.

  56. realtruthteller100 says: Feb 14, 2016 1:40 PM

    two words: TIM TEBOW

  57. orange and blue owns the NFL says: Feb 14, 2016 1:48 PM

    @tylawspick6,

    Yes, will you please embarrass me further by explaining what a crabal market is. Did they teach you about that in the community college you wanted me to attend?

    Oh, and how much are the various owners making? And how much SHOULD they be making? Be specific by team please, i.e. how much did Bowlen make least year? Tell this dumb millennial how the world really works.

  58. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 14, 2016 1:48 PM

    If I’m denver, Von miller is my biggest concern to get signed, before he holds out. Von miller won’t want a tag and will hold out if denver gives it to him.

  59. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 14, 2016 1:54 PM

    I love the comments about how osweiller should just take less money and stay in denver because it’s a good team. Haha. I’m. Sure you would all say no to millions out of sheer loyalty. Ha. Denver is going to have to pay this guy a lot of money to stay.

  60. nodindenver says: Feb 14, 2016 2:03 PM

    It was great to beat the Pats with two different QBs this year. Nice to live in a city where players WILL take a bit less in order to live, and play amoungst the best fan base in all of sports. Elway will do his best to keep the historic D intact. Brock may sign for a little less just to smack the Pats down at home next year and seal up tiebreaker for home field. World Champs here pats fans! Who are you going to troll when The Sheriff rides off into the sunset?

  61. psubeerman21 says: Feb 14, 2016 2:03 PM

    Assuming they sign their free agents on defense, how much money will they have left to sign ossy?

  62. orange and blue owns the NFL says: Feb 14, 2016 2:07 PM

    3. Parity is Goodell’s ONLY selling point to ease London investors CORRECT FEARS that American football can compete with soccer in Europe.
    ========

    If parity is his ONLY selling point, why does he keep sending crap teams over there?

  63. atwaterslaughter says: Feb 14, 2016 2:08 PM

    The Broncos are VERY high on Trevor Siemian. Not sure how that bodes with Contract negotiations with Brock but if the price gets ridiculous, they’ll likely let him walk. But I don’t see that happening. The kid has played well. Needs to improve his pocket awareness but let’s face it…his receivers did him no favors in the San Diego game in which he was pulled. I think he is going to be a good player in this league for years.

  64. nfl1818 says: Feb 14, 2016 2:10 PM

    bencoates57 says:
    Feb 14, 2016 10:53 AM
    Did you read the NY Daily News account of Manning’s assault and cover up? Holy! It will make you think twice about dismissing the HGH accusation out of hand.

    123 194

    Yes, it puts the Manning’s aggressive approach to the HGH report in perspective. They already had the playbook.

    Meanwhile ESPN radio silent

  65. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Feb 14, 2016 2:37 PM

    It’s going to be difficult to keep Osweiler and the core of the defense intact. If they sign Osweiler it is almost rebuild time. This team is in the same situation as the 2012 Ravens after they won their SB and lost a lot of their pieces.

  66. captainwhodat says: Feb 14, 2016 2:38 PM

    for all the chestbeaters: last year’s world champions…everybody is at 0-0 at this point…

  67. dreadnok89 says: Feb 14, 2016 2:40 PM

    Cant read defenses and already a walking injury in a couple starts with subpar stats with monster recievers. Let him go

  68. cinzano08 says: Feb 14, 2016 2:47 PM

    Broncos have no choice but to pay. Pedton is suspended if he stays and everyone knows he’s terrible right now anyway. He won’t accept a reduced contract because he’s always about himself. As a fan I hope this fraud does come back so he can be remembered like willie mays was his last year, awful!

  69. sportnorcal says: Feb 14, 2016 3:13 PM

    $13M for him after a couple games?

    Wow – when we still dont know if he will become another Cassell or Sanchez.

  70. davew128 says: Feb 14, 2016 3:17 PM

    orange and blue owns the NFL says:
    Feb 14, 2016 12:32 PM

    Or how about the poor woman whose genitals were grabbed by Julian Edelman, in a more recent case of sexual assault? Did you write Robert Kraft demanding his termination?
    ******************
    Given that the DA released the video tape of the incident when the case was dismissed, I’m inclined to believe Edelman when he said he didn’t do anything wrong. The video tape backed him up.

  71. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 14, 2016 3:28 PM

    Gabbert put up better numbers than Stork Osweiler on a much poorer team, for $2m per year.

  72. infectorman says: Feb 14, 2016 3:43 PM

    How anyone could defend Peyton the Pig is unconscionable.

    If even 30% of the article / depositions were true, the guy is a complete fraud.
    If I were A Donkey fan., I’d be embarrassed that he was one my team, even if he had nothing to do with winning the SB.
    We all know Von is chronic PED abuser who would be a free safety were it not for drugs

  73. kagey7 says: Feb 14, 2016 4:00 PM

    Bitter pats fans on here. Touchy bunch. Going to be a long bitter off season for you blokes. ….and I love it.

  74. TheWizard says: Feb 14, 2016 4:28 PM

    Touchy bunch. Going to be a long bitter off season for you blokes

    Doubt it, limey. The team is in contention every year.

  75. danm1978 says: Feb 14, 2016 4:32 PM

    lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    Feb 14, 2016 12:07 PM
    Getting benched at the end of the season probably cost Osweiler $10m next season. If he stays in, there’s a very good chance the Broncos still would have won the SB (because exactly what did Manning to do win it).

    So instead of being what he is- a potential high ceiling QB who played well for part of a season, he’s a young, exciting Super Bowl winning QB. The Broncos would have franchised him, or at least given him the transition tag, and no one would have batted an eye.
    ————————————–
    He might have done exactly what Cam Newton did-went out and choked. I’m pretty certain the Broncos wouldn’t go out and tag him, bearing in mind it would be 20m on the tag….that means zero benefit to Manning being off the books. Hopefully he stays in Denver at about 9/10m. With the pickings being slim in the free agent market and the draft Brock might get a deal. Thing is, other teams get to talk to him….only after the Broncos have tried working things out.

  76. icebowler says: Feb 14, 2016 4:59 PM

    scubabillaz says:
    Feb 14, 2016 11:50 AM

    its simple TAG Von re sign him to a monster contract next year
    sign Brock and malik
    let trevathan go because we have depth at his position
    DONE
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Trevathan made the best hustle play of the SB that no one is talking about. He ran past four Panthers to recover Ward’s fumble at the Denver eight yard line. If the Panthers had recovered and subsequently scored from first and eight the score would have been 16-14 Denver, with Carolina having all of the momentum.

    I sure would like to see Danny on my team next year. It would solve one of the Packers long-standing problems and allow Clay to move back outside where he belongs. C’mon Ted, pull the trigger for a change.

  77. oldcracker says: Feb 14, 2016 5:17 PM

    Right or wrong, I believe Hue Jackson will want to prove to the world how smart he is and “develop” a QB for the Browns.

    The Broncos are real, and they are right here, right now. Do they want to lose Osweiler, and start over again? Osweiler has proven himself in Denver, but who can blame him for getting as much as he can.

  78. a1b24312 says: Feb 14, 2016 5:46 PM

    Osweiler will walk.

    Manning will retire.

    Then Elway will spend more time bashing a former HC that he hired than actually doing something to improve his team’s roster.

  79. dcbronco says: Feb 14, 2016 5:48 PM

    Osweiler should stay in Denver. In Denver he has a system made for his skill set. He will have an even better running game for support since a QB playing under center and a line with a year under its belt will be much improved. The offense is based on play action, Peyton couldn’t provide that. Or bootlegs. And he has a stellar defense. They won the Superbowl despite the issues of the offense. Having that defense and a Superbowl already takes a huge amount of pressure off of his shoulders. Staying in Denver also give him a chance to prove he could have won it last year.

  80. broncosrchamps says: Feb 14, 2016 6:24 PM

    People thinking Brock will get offers of 12-15 mil a yr are kidding themselves. Teams don’t throw that sort of money at unproven qbs.

    He still is very raw and Broncos will be keeping him for under 10 mil a yr.

    Andy Dalton makes 16 and he is far more proven.

  81. drumsomeone says: Feb 14, 2016 6:31 PM

    If Elway lets Oz get away he should pack his bags as well!

  82. gonakgod says: Feb 14, 2016 6:36 PM

    superbowl winning qb, that contract won’t be cheap

  83. zwilson56 says: Feb 14, 2016 6:41 PM

    I remember when Elway was hired and the experts/Broncos haters on this site said he was in over his head and would be the next Matt Millen. Still waiting on the props for Elway, guys.

  84. revren10 says: Feb 14, 2016 6:46 PM

    brock will stay brock knows that the broncos are the hookup for ped’s much like seattle was a couple of years ago, plus if someone questions you peyton will send his two man good squad to silence you

  85. orange and blue owns the NFL says: Feb 14, 2016 7:02 PM

    zwilson56 says:
    Feb 14, 2016 6:41 PM
    I remember when Elway was hired and the experts/Broncos haters on this site said he was in over his head and would be the next Matt Millen. Still waiting on the props for Elway, guys.
    ========
    Never happen. The author is still chapped over what they did to Favre in the super bowl. He’s a known frontrunner, just look how he’s all over the Patriots jocks. When Discount Double-Choke pukes all over himself, he cries about how the overtime rules are unfair. Think it’s a coincidence that he ran a Broncos salary cap story today? Couldn’t find anything new on Peyton to pander to the trolls with so he ran that.

  86. 46namredyps11 says: Feb 14, 2016 7:45 PM

    It doesn’t matter what Brock does, Denver isn’t a dynasty in the making. A good team yes, but being able to play teams missing significantly more impactful players than they were in the AFC playoffs was as key as the pass rush to this title run. Not that there is anything to apologize for here.

    PS Thanks for making Cam look as soft as the detractors wished Brady was.

  87. paulmor909 says: Feb 14, 2016 8:09 PM

    What a bunch of bull! Brock is a backup QB who got a chance to start some games and did a decent job. There are a dozen other backups who could have done a similar performance had they gotten the chance. Brock is no superstar and is NOT worth big money. Give me a break just because a guy fills in and wins a few games he’s worth superstar money? Not hardly! The Broncos should pay no more than say 3 years for 30 million. Now Osweiler could end up doing well, 2016 will be a big test for him but with that great defense he could do good as compared to great and Denver might still have a good chance at getting back to The Super Bowl. Over the next couple years he could establish himself as an elite QB worth a bigger contract or he could end up a bust and The Broncos may end up looking elsewhere. But if they think he is that important on their team, they are crazy. Denver won the Super Bowl and went 12-4 on some very low end QB numbers (Manning’s worse year matter of fact). They would be much better off bringing 2-3 lower prices QB’s that have great potential and let them battle for the starting position!

  88. purpleguy says: Feb 14, 2016 8:23 PM

    First — congrats to Broncos fans on the SB win.

    Second — the two comparable words that would scare me about Osweiler are: Scott Mitchell.

  89. imabeliever says: Feb 14, 2016 9:01 PM

    Just another example of the media making something out of nothing just to have something write about. Brock isn’t going anywhere. Sure they may kick the tires but when it comes down to it, he’ll be in Denver come opening day. ..

  90. midnightcochise says: Feb 14, 2016 9:26 PM

    A championship caliber team with a QB on his last legs. There should not be enough money in the world to make him want to joins the Browns. He will get paid no matter what. When someone hands you the keys to a Ferarri, you don’t kick the tires on a PT Cruiser.

  91. truths4all says: Feb 14, 2016 9:29 PM

    Jerry Jones will sign Osweiller for $15 million to be the next Cowboy QB who will Wally Pipp Romo after he gets hurt again.

    Sorry Denver, but you will have to find another brand new QB for next year as you miss the next SB while trying to be the next version of the Ravens.

  92. mrfrostyj says: Feb 14, 2016 11:40 PM

    “The Browns are perpetually desperate to find a franchise quarterback.”

    Are they really? You might want to read your own articles where Joe Thomas very clearly explains they really aren’t (since obviously you don’t watch them). They scored 23 and went into overtime against the team that eventually won the Superbowl by making Tom Brady and Cam Newton look pedestrian and that was using Josh McCown. Browns can draft a QB and sit him if they want. Their offense wasn’t an issue other than a drunk leading it for 75% of the season.

  93. concretejimmy52 says: Feb 14, 2016 11:44 PM

    Discount double check cried hardest when he threw a hospital pass and the only thing Elam could do was go low so he wouldn’t get a flag and fine from Roger. Now Ravens fans are calling him a bust after Rodgers destroyed his psyche.

  94. concretejimmy52 says: Feb 14, 2016 11:57 PM

    Why does everyone cry so hard when they play the Ravens? Unless the refs are giving them the game? It happens too often to be a coincidence.

  95. Lancane says: Feb 15, 2016 2:33 AM

    One factor lost in the hoopla is that Osweiler is friend’s with Elway’s son who he went to school with and was coached in college by a close family friend of the Elways…meaning Osweiler has deep ties with the organization that could play a factor.

  96. guitarfreak21 says: Feb 15, 2016 2:37 AM

    qb isn’t the only hard to find position…. not many good offensive linemen, and there are some decent kickers, but only a few actually good ones.

  97. broncosrchamps says: Feb 15, 2016 3:55 AM

    To all the people who think the Broncos cheat, or that Goodell fixed the games, why do you even watch football?

    Just waiting for the fix to finally be in for your team?

    What makes all of you think the Broncos won’t just cheat the cap and keep every player? But instead you say they will lose players, but they still cheat the cap. If we cheat then we will keep them all.

  98. denverdude7 says: Feb 15, 2016 4:14 AM

    Why play for an organization that turns quarterbacks into parking lot attendants like Cleveland does with such remarkable consistency when you can play for a perennial playoff contender?

  99. campcouch says: Feb 15, 2016 5:46 AM

    Every few years a backup has a nice run on a good team. Everyone falls in love, tabs him the next best thing and then a team signs him to gobs of cash. He winds up being pedestrian and soon we realize he’s what he was…a backup. Cut, traded and ultimately vanishes. It’d be wiser for him to stay in Denver than risk going to a bad team and being exposed.

  100. sticklemelvingmailcom says: Feb 15, 2016 8:39 AM

    Osweiler gone to get paid. Manning is a first ballot hof. Teams will overpay Brock for his services.

  101. infectorman says: Feb 15, 2016 10:38 AM

    Brock has a clean slate.
    Why would he want to continue on with a team full HGH, PED users and one that cheats by circumventing the salary cap?
    A lineage of cheating and substance abuse
    That’s the Donkey way

  102. pennyannquintana says: Feb 15, 2016 2:20 PM

    Maybe the Broncos do not want Brock and are making an excuse using out of respect for Peyton Manning. After all, you cannot tell me that they could of signed Brock during preseason or even start negotiating now, they do not have to wait for Peyton. I believe they are trying to sign important pieces back to the defense, once that is done then they will decide how much to spend on Brock. After all, in Kubes offense you really can get buy with an average QB so they say. Who knows maybe there is someone else that Denver wants Elway always does the unusual. Brock probably will be over paid and not in Denver, I believe had Denver wanted him bad enough Elway would of signed him a long time ago. I still think that Kubiak and Elway are not quit sure about Brock even with what they have seen of him.

  103. jernster21 says: Feb 15, 2016 2:55 PM

    Hopefully they can keep him around.

  104. goingthextramile says: Feb 16, 2016 9:14 AM

    I’m a Jets fan, and I’ll pass on adding Osweiler for 14 million per year.

  105. armoderate says: Feb 16, 2016 7:34 PM

    Yeah, Florio. I think you are grossly mistaken. I think the big Brock will get at least 20 million per year for 4 years. Yes I see an 80 million dollar contract. Yes sirree. Now back to reality. Brock being a less than a year playing QB in a game that matters, makes him in my mind still a rookie QB. And remember, he was not a first round QB. Even though I like Brock, only Cleveland would be dumb enough to offer that kind of money you are talking about. I see Brock being offered a 4 year $32 million contract with $16 mill guaranteed and $8 million in incentives.

  106. rex2020 says: Feb 17, 2016 4:21 PM

    Usually I say Money talks. He seems to be different and well grounded. If the Bronocs offer him something decent stays lets face it he has it made in Denver! I love Peyton but Denver would have killed them in he Superbowl and New England would not ahve been given 3 for4 chances at the end of the game ahd Denver just got a first down. I remember all those up and ocming great QB’s leaving San Fran like Grbac and Bono for more $$$ in KC. New system they stunk it up

  107. orangeraider says: Feb 17, 2016 5:17 PM

    Osweiler is in a good position. Pay him
    Denver has a good number of receivers, maybe CJ Anderson coming back, a great defense.
    Nicely push Peyton, who is getting too warm, to announce his retirement

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